ESB Esports Weekly: Tournaments Previews and Results – May 30

It has been a little while since we last looked at the latest esports tournament results and previews. So let’s catch up, including revisiting how San Francisco Shock landed the Overwatch League Regular Season Stage 2 crown and recapping who came out on top of the cs_summit 4 tournament in Los Angeles last weekend.

San Francisco Shock a few with OWL Stage 2 victory

The second stage of the Overwatch League regular season ended a couple of weeks ago. We’ll get right the point: the San Francisco Shock deservedly claimed the title. In doing so, they earned a degree of revenge for their defeat in the Stage 1 Playoff Final.

Once again, it was the Shock along with Vancouver Titans who were the teams to beat in the Pacific Division. Both won all seven of their league games in the opening round.

Then, London Spitfire, the Overwatch League Champions of Season 1, bounced back to form to win the Atlantic Division with a 6-1 record. But the real talking point in the Atlantic Division was the Shanghai Dragons. They went without a victory for the entire first season and then crept into the playoffs with a 4-3 record to show they are making massive improvements.

Unfortunately for Dragons fans, their fairytale rise was halted in the quarterfinals by a 3-1 defeat to Shock. The Shock then trounced Hangzhou Spark 4-0 in the semifinal on their way to the final. There, they took on Vancouver Titans in a repeat of the Stage 1 final from a couple of months previous.

Vancouver edged that one 4-3, but San Francisco exacted perfect revenge with a 4-2 victory in the final to claim the victory.

Zooming out

Despite that, in the overall league standings over the first two stages, the Shock sit in third place with an 11-3 record. That’s one win behind New York Excelsior on 12-2 while the Vancouver Titans retain an unblemished League Phase record at the top of the table at 14-0.

At the bottom of the table, four teams—Los Angeles Valiant, Houston Outlaws, Washington Justice, and Florida Mayhem—look like they are being cut adrift from the rest. But it is very tight from fourth in the table to 16th with just four wins separating the 13 sides in those positions. The battle for the 12 playoff spots may be brutal. Stage 3 starts on June 6.

Team Secret take control of Dota Pro Circuit

A stylish and commanding performance by Team Secret saw them land their second Major of the year a few weeks back. They won the MDL Disneyland Paris Major to add to their Chongqing Major crown from a few months back.

After making easy progress through the group stage, Team Secret went on to defeat many of the top Dota 2 teams in the Pro Circuit. They first knocked out PSG.LGD, then the International 2018 winners OG, followed by Evil Geniuses in order to reach the final. There, they met their fierce rivals Team Liquid and came through the final with a 3-1 victory to claim the $350,000 top prize from the $1,000,000 prize pool.

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Team Secret player Clement “Puppey” Ivanov was named the MVP of the Grand Final. This second DPC victory sees Team Secret secure top spot in the table. They look well set to maintain that position over the remainder of the season.

Dota Pro Circuit Standings – Top Eight

  1. Team Secret – 14,250
  2. pro – 11,400
  3. Evil Geniuses – 6,750
  4. Vici Gaming – 6,300
  5. LGD – 4,140
  6. Fnatic – 3525
  7. Team Liquid – 3525
  8. Ninjas in Pyjamas – 2470

The next event on the schedule is the StarLadder ImbaTV Dota 2 Minor qualifier on June 12.

CS:GO tournament round-up

Team Vitality celebrated a notable victory last week. They took the title at the cs_summit 4 tournament at Summit Studio in Los Angeles. The six invited teams competed in a league stage and then a playoff.

They topped the group stage with three wins and two draws. They continued that strong form into the playoffs where they defeated ENCE eSports and then Team Liquid to claim the title.

We also know the 16 teams that will be competing in the ECS Pro League Finals in France starting on June 18. The teams that have qualified include eight from Europe (mousesports, FaZe Clan, G2 Esports, Astralis, Fnatic, HellRaisers, North and Heroic), six from the Americas (NRG Esports, Team Liquid, Luminosity Gaming, DETONA Gaming, MiBR and Cloud9), plus one from Oceania (Grayhound Gaming), and one from Asia (TYLOO).

The teams will battle it out for a share of a $750,000 prize pool in a tournament that is also part of the Intel Grand Slam season.

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Similarly, we know which teams will now make up the FACEIT ECS Season 7 Finals. These start next week on June 6. The four European and four North American teams confirmed for this event are:

  • Europe – Astralis, North, Team Vitality, Ninjas in Pyjamas
  • North America – Complexity Gaming, NRG Esports, FURIA Esports, MiBR

The action will take place at the SSE Arena at Wembley in London with $500,000 up for grabs. Danish superteam Astralis will likely start the tournament as the hot favourites.

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